Tim Okamura’s Rosie the Riveter

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I saw this painting by Tim Okamura at the VOLTA Art Fair, below left. It’s titled “Rosie,” and it’s an obvious reference to the J. Howard Miller poster of “Rosie the Riveter” (below right) which was commissioned by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee in 1942.

Okamura is a Canadian-born artist who has lived in New York City for the past 25+ years. He combines a realistic approach to the figure with a blend of collage, spray paint and mixed media in the background, meant to reflect his urban environment. He has been quoted as saying, “a large number of my subjects have been friends, neighbors, and acquaintances in Brooklyn, either born and raised or transplanted, but all with one thing in common: a compelling story.”

For more on Tim Okamura and his art, please check out his website here.

contemporary take on Rosie the Riveter by Tim Okamura

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